Journal During the Trump Regime (4)

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    1. Yes. I have a hypothesis on the seemingly disconnect between he and his wife. He’s being really public about his disagreements in the hopes that if and when the Trump presidency ends in utter disaster, his actions can somehow rub off on his wife, mitigating her role in the Trump administration. Pure speculation on my part, and I don’t put a lot of stock into it.

    2. Spouses don’t always agree on everything political. In fact I’d say seldom. Mary Matalin and James Carville are still married.

      1. Yeah that’s a possibility, although I don’t think most spouses would publicly air their differences. Also, Matalin and Carville were/are political operatives in the media, fighting for opposite sides. Obviously, Kellyanne would fall into that category, but I don’t know about George.

      2. He’s been vocally anti DT from the beginning. I read an interesting profile of her and her family some time ago. It was mostly a profile of her, so he chose not to discuss their differences for that piece. But it was well known even then.

        1. Right, but what about before that? He wasn’t a pundit who aired his political views, or am I wrong about that? He appeared on my radar screen when Kellyanne started working for Trump (or a little after that).

  1. Like many of Trump comments, there are several troubling layers, and the fact that there are multiple layers sort of stuns me. In this case, there’s the layer regarding how he speaks to and about non-whites. There’s the layer about his regard and treatment of women. Then there’s also his insulting, inappropriate behavior. The question doesn’t even come close to warranting that response. It seems clear it hit a nerve, and politicians do get testy when that happens, but this is unnecessary, and he should apologize. The whole thing is awful.

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    Here’s Trump’s comments about April Ryan, an African-American reporter:

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    I agree with Baldwin:

  2. I recommend reading this

    1. Also, this:

      I wrote last week that the midterms would finally tell us what this country now is. And with a remarkable turnout — a 50-year high for a non-presidential election, no less — we did indeed learn something solid and eye-opening. We learned that the American public as a whole has reacted to the first two years of an unfit, delusional, mendacious, malevolent, incompetent authoritarian as president … with relative equanimity. The net backlash is milder than it was against Clinton or Obama (and both of them went on to win reelection).

      What I take from this is that Trump really does have a cultlike grip on a whole new population of voters, as well as the reliable Republican voters of the past. That’s not just 42 percent of the country (to use Trump’s approval rating); it’s a motivated 42 percent. And what Trump has successfully done, by corralling right-wing media, tweeting incessantly, dominating the discourse, tending so diligently to his base, and holding rally after rally, is keep that engagement going. Most presidents are interested in governing and sometimes take their eye off the ball politically. Trump is all politics and all salesmanship all the time. And it works. If he can demonstrate this in the midterms, imagine what his reelection campaign will be like.

      For a presidency like Trump’s to generate less opposition after two years than Clinton’s or Obama’s is a rather chilling sign of how far down the rabbit hole we have already gone. To greet what is an emergency for liberal democracy as a business-as-usual political cycle, is de facto a big win for the whole idea of strongman rule. And on the key issues of a free press and the rule of law, the strongman is winning.

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      Tangential, but related note:

      1. The following twitter thread connects with the the last op-ed above, by Anne Applebaum.

        I’m not sure how you guys feel, but to me undermining the validity of the election without really strong evidence is among the worst, most objectionable things Trump does–and other prominent members of the GOP doing the same is equally worse. The behavior is authoritarian. They’re willing to undermine the faith in the electoral process for the sake of power. Responsible leaders of a liberal democracy do not behave this way. Off the top of my head, I can see no justification for this. Republicans can feel frustrated or concerned, but Democrats have been and will be in similar situations, but that doesn’t justify subverting the process or making baseless accusations about electoral fraud.

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